Described by the Jewish World Review as a "religious female Joan Baez-type" singer-songwriter, Devora Gila is paving a new path in the world of Jewish music. HODU LASHEM paints a rich tapestry of soothing melodies, meditative and danceable rhythms, and inspiring spiritual themes.
HODU LASHEM features Devora Gila's angelic voice in a high-quality production of original music. Co-produced and arranged by Naor Carmi, the album utilizes a variety of styles from Israel-- traditional Middle-Eastern, modern, Chassidic, classical guitar and Spanish influenced, and American contemporary-easy. The transcendent niggunim (melodies) were inspired by mantra meditation.
HODU LASHEM also features a wide range of talented Israeli musicians, including beloved Israeli guitarist Gavriel Hason, Asaf Shirazi on Latin percussion, and virtuoso cellist Doron Toister of The Israeli Philharmonic.
A regular on the playlist of Staten Island's WSIA radio (For Women Only), HODU LASHEM is making its way around the globe. And it's creating an intimate spiritual musical community among women by connecting us all through the power of song.
REVIEWS OF HODU LASHEM:
"Very beautiful" -Rockin' Rebbetzin Michelle Garner,
WSIA 88.9 FM, Staten Island, NY
"Each song is beautifully composed and sung...This album uplifts the heart and inspires the soul. Looking forward to more!" -Leora Silberstein, Israel National Radio
"...one of the hippest religious recording around" - Jewish Music WebCenter
"Devora Gila has talent...The arrangements and performances here are skilled and flavorful,... innovative." -Jerusalem Post
"...a sweet, wonderful voice..." -Jewish Music WebCenter
"Devora Gila's music touches my soul deeply and inspires my own creativity... I find myself singing her songs throughout the day."
"Perfect, prayerful, refreshing, full of love...I love everything about it!
-TZ, musician and composer
"Exquisite." -Toby Klein Greenwald, Director of women's theater
"Devora Gila's songs put you on such a spiritual high...
I waited for months for the release of her CD, 'Hodu Lashem'." -Anonymous
"(Devora Gila has) a remarkable voice range."
"'Hodu Lashem' tracks the journey of a soul. We hear a voice that belongs to the realm of superstars ... but the richness and depth of the Torah integrated into DG's life makes this transcendent, far beyond any music in the pop world. Tender, passionate, uplifting, these songs are polished jewels. This is the voice of a woman who has emerged through suffering to ecstatic joy, from emptiness to fullness..." -CRS, musician and composer
"Your music is beautiful and healing...So moving. Hope you will be zoche to capture and share many more melodies. --Rivkah-Leah Leigh,Lakewood NJ
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
Devora Gila remembers writing her first song at about age five, lying in the back of her parents' station wagon on the way home from a Beatlemania concert. As a teenager, she travelled throughout Latin America and Southeast Asia as a clarinetist with the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She won local, state and national honors for clarinet as well as dramatic, poetic and prose performance. In her mid-twenties, she won a Best of Boston award for her work with political Theatre troupe Singing With the Enemy; co-wrote, produced and performed on Mondo Sweetie's debut album in Spanish, and sang back-up vocals in Boston's folk scene for singer-songwriter Pat Burtis, showcasing at the Bitter End in New York's East Village. But now the native Long Islander has traded in the thrill of clubs and mixed crowds for the spiritually uplifting "high" of women-only performances.
Former yoga instructor and martial arts student, Devora Gila earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Harvard College, where she performed with a Renaissance choir, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and hosted a jazz program on WHRB radio. While earning an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, she continued her interest in radio broadcast as a DJ for a Spanish music show on WRMC. She has studied various vocal traditions and techniques, including classical Indian singing with reknown Hindustani singer and composer Warren Senders, jazz, and "Spiritual Singing" with Barry Harris, who teaches a methodology developed by faculty of the Metropolitan House of Opera for vocal repair and retraining.
"Everyone can sing, and every woman has a divine inner song that is yearning to be released into the world in a holy way. I find the apparent restrictions of 'Kol Ishah' to be liberating. It creates an intimate spiritual musical community among women and connects us through the power of song."
Please contact Devora Gila through this CDBaby website.